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Butler gets out early

Butler is leaving the Horizon League and joining the Atlantic 10 sooner than expected.

Tuesday afternoon, the school announced that it would begin playing in the A-10 this fall, one year sooner than originally planned.

School officials say the two leagues were able to accommodate an earlier move.

Bulldogs athletic director Barry Collier says the school is grateful that things could be worked out this quickly and that it was in the school's best interest to reach an agreement with the Horizon League to leave immediately.

The Atlantic 10 will compete as a 16-team league in 2012-13.


Chafee, Schilling angry

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday dismissed Curt Schilling's accusations that his remarks about the former Red Sox pitcher's video game company hurt its financial position.

Chafee's administration also disputed Schilling's assertion that the state reneged on film tax credits promised to 38 Studios. Chafee said he has worked since he was elected to assist the company and protect the state's investment in it.

"Obviously I want to see it succeed," Chafee told reporters Tuesday. "But I have to be honest in my dealings with the taxpayers and tell them what's going on."

In his first public remarks on the company's problems, Schilling told The Providence Journal for Tuesday's editions that Chafee's recent comments that the state was trying to keep his company solvent were "devastating." He said that shortly after those remarks, a video-game publisher pulled out of a $35 million deal to finance a new game.

"The governor is not operating in the best interest of the company by any stretch, or the taxpayers, or the state," Schilling said.


Couples vs. Price

Fred Couples returns for a third stint as U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup, with a different captain trying to beat him.

Nick Price, a three-time major champion from Zimbabwe, has been selected to lead the International team in 2013. Greg Norman was the International team captain the last two times.

Couples joins Jack Nicklaus as the only captains to serve in three matches. The Americans have won the Presidents Cup both times with Couples as the captain, including last year at Royal Melbourne. Price played five times in the Presidents Cup, the most of any captain on either team. His last appearance was in 2003 in South Africa, which ended in a tie.

The Presidents Cup will be played Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Ohio.


Brazil faces U.S. in soccer

The nation known for "jogo bonito" -- or the beautiful game -- poses a unique challenge for the U.S. soccer team. While not as significant as a pair of World Cup qualifiers next month, it is a test for the Americans on how far they've come since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as coach last summer.

"We understand what Brazil presents. We're going to go for it," Landon Donovan said Tuesday, a day before the Americans play the Selecao in the second of five matches for the U.S. in an 18-day span (7:50 p.m., ESPN2).

From News Staff and wire service reports